Full Title:Exercise Physiology and Lab Based Fitness Techniques
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8139
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2015/16 ( February 2016 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge of the adaptations that occur in metabolism, the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, and neuromuscular and thermal physiology, in response to exercise, both theoretically and practically. In addition, students will examine the impact of age, gender and different environments on the physiological response to exercise.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify and discuss the acute and chronic effects of exercise on metabolism.
  2. Recognise and discuss the cardiorespiratory adaptations to acute and chronic exercise.
  3. Explain the neuromuscular adaptations that occur in response to resistance training.
  4. Outline the hormonal regulation of the kidney during exercise and the effects of age, gender and temperature on exercise performance.
  5. Conduct and critically evaluate the results of common laboratory based fitness tests.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Focus of exercise and sport physiology. Acute and chronic physiological responses to exercise. Principles of training.
Metabolic rate during exercise - Metabolic rate at submaximum and maximum exercise; Economy of effort; Hormonal effects on metabolism. Metabolic adaptations to training - Adaptations to aerobic training; Submaximum and maximum oxygen consumption; Lactate threshold; Measurement of aerobic capacity; Training aerobic system; Use of ACSM energy expenditure equations; Adaptations to anaerobic training; Measurement of anaerobic capacity; Specificity of training response.
Cardiorespiratory adaptations
Cardiovascular regulation during exercise - Heart rate; Stroke volume; Cardiac output; Blood flow; Blood pressure. Cardiovascular adaptations to training - Heart rate; Stroke volume; Cardiac output; Blood flow; Blood pressure. Respiratory regulation during exercise - Pulmonary ventilation; Hyperventilation; Dyspnea; Ventilatory breakpoint; Anaerobic threshold; Respiratory limitations to performance; Regulation of acid base balance. Respiratory adaptations to training - Lung volumes; Respiratory rate; Pulmonary ventilation; Pulmonary diffusion; Arterial-venous oxygen difference.
Neuromuscular adaptations
Neuromuscular adaptations to resistance training - Muscle strength, power, flexibility, endurance, fatigue, soreness; Strength gains from resistance training.
Hormonal regulation of the kidney during exercise and the effects of age, gender and temperature on performance
Kidney regulation during exercise - Hormonal effects on fluid and electrolyte balance. Gerontology - Exercise performance; Body composition; Changes in cardiorespiratory endurance; Changes in neuromuscular strength. Gender - Body composition; Respiratory, metabolic, cardiovascular, neuromuscular adaptations; Special considerations. Thermoregulation - Physiological responses to exercise in heat and cold; Health risks; Acclimatisation.
Laboratory based fitness tests
Conduct and critically evaluate the results of the following tests: VO2max test (indirect calorimetry); Submaximum test (steady state & non steady state - indirect calorimetry); Lactate profile test; Wingate anaerobic test; Heart rate recovery test.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Multiple Choice Questions Students will complete one online moodle quiz. 1,2,3,4 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
Written Report Students will be required to keep a laboratory book, in which the procedure of common laboratory based fitness tests conducted by the students must be outlined and the results of which must be critically evaluated. 5 50.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture There is an 80% attendance requirement for the theoretical component of this module. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Practical There is an 80% attendance requirement for the practical component of this module. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading No Description 26.00 Once per semester 1.73
Independent Study No Description 39.00 Once per semester 2.60
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Wilmore, J.H. and Costill, D.L. 2015, Physiology of Sport and Exercise, 6th Ed., Human Kinetics Publishers Champaign, Il [ISBN: 9781450477673]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Powers, S.K. and Howley, E.T. 2012, Exercise Physiology: Theory and application to fitness and performance, 9th Ed., McGraw-Hill New York [ISBN: 9780073523538]
  • American College of Sports Medicine 2006, ACSMs Metabolic Calculations Handbook, 1st Ed., Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins Philadelphia [ISBN: 9780781742382]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Journal: Journal of Exercise Physiology
  • Journal: Professionalization of Exercise Physiology
  • Journal: Journal of Physical Activity and Health
  • Journal: Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
  • Website: Exercise physiology resource

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 3 Mandatory